Sunday, December 18, 2011

Marty Markowitz on THE PEREZ NOTES Part 2.

I had the opportunity to interview, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Here are some of his views, on the issues of the day. Below the quotes, is the audio of the interview.

Tax Reform Plan

"I've would've like to see a special tax on those that are more affluent wealthier people, even though the tax that we seek from them would've been a modest increase. It would've helped out the economy tremendously the state budget and it would've had no impact on their personal lives believe me."

Outer Borough Taxi Medallions

"I'm borough president ten years, we have not received one complaint from the public saying they can't hail a cab in Brooklyn."

Atlantic Yards

"If the folks that opposed this, hadn't tied the project up for 7 years in litigation Atlantic Yards a good piece of it would've built. The affordable housing would've been on it's way. The Nets would be playing in the arena and defeating the Manhattan Knicks."

"The folks that were impacted by eminent domain, overwhelmingly most of them did very well. The folks that are the loudest complainers, folks could argue are the gentrifiers."

"I have significant reservations about permit parking, about resident parking only, I don't think it could work."

Living Wage

"If I was a city council member and had a vote on it, something tells me I wouldn't vote positive on it."


"I am not philosophically opposed to Walmart, from everything we've reviewed so far, their pay scheduling structure is pretty much in line with the other big stores. People in Brooklyn are already shopping in Walmart."